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Hygiene UK offer next day delivery, when ordering before 2pm on the day of ordering. If we can fast track your order, let us know your timescales and we'll endeavour to assist you.
Hygiene UK source products from across the globe. Where possible we keep the delivery miles to minimise the environmental impact.
Depending on whether you work in a medical facility, and industrial environment, or are a member of the general public, will help determine the type of mask you need. Please contact us for advice.
PPE is the acronym for Personal Protective Equipment, which is used to protect and shield an individual from infection or injury. This can include gloves, masks, aprons, gowns, coveralls and face shields.
The purpose of a face mask, such as Type I, Type IR, Type II or Type IIR, is to protect others from the wearer transmitting infection. Whereas respirator masks, such as FFP2 and FFP3, are effective at protecting the wearer from viral transmission.
The use of reusable face masks can help reduce the transmission of the virus for social distancing precautions but they are not as effective as those manufactured to regulated standards. Ensuring social distancing, using hand hygiene protocols and avoiding touching the face or mask itself is of more importance to limit the spread of germs. As wearing a mask can give a sense of false confidence, when other measures are not followed.
Type I and Type IR face masks have a bacterial filtration efficiency (BFE) of 95%, however Type II and Type IIR facemasks have a BFE of 98%. Medical face masks such as Type I, IR, IIR are tested for direction of exhalation (inside to outside) and it takes the efficiency of bacterial filtration. Wearing masks of this type prevent the user from infecting the surrounding environment, however, they are not effective at protecting the wearer from airbourne diseases, such as COVID19.
Type II face masks are compliant with EN14683 standards, these medical face masks are made up of a protective 3PLY construction that prevents large particles from reaching the user or surfaces, however, they are not effective when blood or bodily fluids are present.
Type IIR face masks are complaint with EN14683 standards, and are known to be the model used widely in surgical environments. They have a splash resistant layer to protect against blood and bodily fluids.
FFP2 masks are European classed respirators, which meet The World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines for protection against COVID-19. FFP2 masks have a filtration greater than 94% and maximum of 8% leakage to the inside.
FFP3 are European classed respirators which have the most effective filtration, with a minimum of 99% and maximum leakage of 2% to the inside. They tend to have a more ergonomic fit to the face and can have a exhalation valve to help breathe / reduce moisture build up on the inside as the filtration material is much thicker.
N95 face masks are not legal for use in Europe or the EU.
Handwashing is one of the most effective measure to take to prevent the spread of viruses, as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). A thorough hand washing regime can stop the spread of germs and viruses. You should have a contact time using a soap for at least 20 seconds, ensuring in between fingers and around nails are all clean.
Disposable Gloves such as vinyl, nitrile or synthetic are usually available in Extra Small (XS), Small (S), Medium (M), Large (L), or Extra Large (XL). Some sizing may vary with manufacturer makes. Our gloves have a size guide on the back of the boxes. But as a general guide, you measure the palm of the hand, from the base of the little finger across to the side of the thumb. Upto 7.3cm = XS, 7.3 - 8.3cm = S, 8.1 - 8.9cm = M, 8.9 - 10.2cm = L, 9.9 - 11.2 cm = XL. Gloves need to fit well but too small and they will split or break, so best to try for the correct fit.
Yes! We offer a range of products manufactured right here in the UK. These include face visors, FFP2 & FFP3 respirators, Type IIR face masks and disposable aprons. Get in touch to learn more.